Bobby Jindal Lies About Common Core

Bobby Jindal Lies About Common Core March 2, 2015

Thursday, Friday and Saturday was the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which means the fact checking organizations got lots of work debunking all of the lies told. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal repeated a very common right wing lie about the Common Core education standards.

We object to Common Core because the federal government has no right imposing curriculum, imposing content standards in local classrooms when these decisions have always been made by local parents, by teachers, by local leaders.

Really? That’s why you object to it? Then you’d better find a better reason because that one is total bullshit.

The Common Core is a state‐led effort that is not part of No Child Left Behind or any other federal initiative. The federal government played no role in the development of the Common Core. State adoption of the standards is in no way mandatory. States began the work to create clear, consistent standards before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided funding for the Race to the Top grant program. It also began before the Elementary and Secondary Education Act blueprint was released, because this work is being driven by the needs of the states, not the federal government.

The hilarious thing is that Jindal initially supported those standards and even listed it as one of his accomplishments on education: “Adopting the Common Core State Standards, which will raise expectations for every child.” Now he’s suing in federal court to stop them. What changed? He decided to run for president.

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